Investing to Fight Toilet and Elevator Superbugs

They're everywhere. Here's how we're fighting back.

Jul 19, 2014 at 3:00PM

A big thank-you to our friends at FierceHealthcare for an incredible story about how a recent study indicated that hospital elevator buttons might have a higher prevalence of bacteria colonization than toilets.

Yes, you read that correctly. Hospital elevator buttons showed a 61% prevalence of bacteria colonization, while only 43% of toilet surfaces were colonized in a study covering three teaching hospitals in Toronto, Ontario.

Of course, this has some unfortunate implications for potential cross-contamination in hospitals, although keep in mind that this study only covered three hospitals during a brief period of time. Still, though, this is another data point in a bigger push for hospitals and other businesses to focus on sanitation and help prevent infections from a variety of bacteria including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcusaureus (also known as MRSA).

Fortunately, new drugs are coming on the market to help fight back against these and other bacteria behind acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (known as ABSSSI for short, and MRSA can be one of the causes). Durata Therapeutics' (NASDAQ:DRTX) Dalvance and Cubist Pharmaceuticals' (NASDAQ:CBST) Sivextro are two newly-approved drugs that can help lead the fight against ABSSSI. Neither is expected to be a blockbuster -- peak sales estimates hover around $400 million each -- but both were brought on the market under the new FDA QIDP (Qualified Infectious Disease Product) designation created to help convince pharma companies to invest more in antibiotics.

In the video below, from Where The Money Is, Motley Fool health care analysts Michael Douglass and David Williamson lay out the opportunity for Durata and Cubist in the ABSSSI space and whether either company has potential as an attractive investment in someone's stock portfolio.

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

Don't let that happen again. This time, it should be your family telling you, "I can't believe you knew about and invested in that technology so early on."

That's why I hope you take just a few minutes to access the exclusive research our team of analysts has put together on this industry and the one stock positioned to capitalize on this major shift.

Click here to learn about this incredible technology before Buffett stops being scared and starts buying!

David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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